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This weekend is one of the biggest of the year on the local music scene. Indeed, there are some tough choices to make, but here are Six Picks for you to consider. (Above: Deer Tick, photo: Laura Partain)

Brian Wilson Friday at Twin River (Lincoln)

Music royalty is in the house this weekend at Twin River. Beach Boy Brian Wilson is one of the greatest songwriters of all time, known for classics like “Good Vibrations,” “California Girls,” and “God Only Knows.” He and his band will be playing his “Greatest Hits Live,” assuring happy vibes all around. A few tickets remain – Details here.

Hornsby and Lobos Saturday at Indian Ranch (Webster, MA)

Roots fans won’t want to miss a double bill of Bruce Hornsby and Los Lobos Saturday at Indian Ranch in Webster, MA. Check out two great bands at one of our favorite old school venues, on the shore of the longest named lake in the world Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg. Really. Note: This is an afternoon show, with the opening act, Dock 10, on stage at 1:30, and main acts starting at 3PM. Details here.

Deer Tick “Straight Into A Storm” Friday at Columbus Theatre (Providence)

A very special event is coming to the Columbus Theatre Friday night when Deer Tick presents their film “Straight Into A Storm,” a history of the RI band. They’ll be present to answer questions and maybe play a tune or two. Then, catch the band Monday night at their annual Folk Festival kickoff show at the Ocean Mist along with Ravi Shavi. Click here for the Columbus show and here for the Ocean Mist.

Autumn Defense Friday at Pop (Providence)

Autumn Defense is a side project of two Wilco members, Pat Sansone and John Stirrat. We interviewed Sansone in a preview here earlier this week. It’s a rare chance to see these guys in a small venue, the venerable POP Emporium in Providence. Check out their melodic 70’s vibe Friday night. Details here.

Fox Point Folk Fest Saturday (Providence)

Our free festival of the week is happening in the Fox Point section of Providence Saturday afternoon when a number of local folks take the stage. A portion of Wickenden Street will be closed for performers including Upright & Sideways, Fanny & Dani, Allysen Callery, Jamie Craighead Trio, and Quahog Quire. Details here.

Local Show of the Week – Downtown Sundown Series Saturday night (Providence)

Summer in the city means the free Downtown Sundown Concert series is back at Roger Williams National Memorial (not the Zoo) in downtown Providence. Performers this week include Katherine Quinn, Nate Cozzolino, Jen Long & Brian Jablonski. Check out some local artists doing what they love! Details here.

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